Calke Abbey – what a corker!

Date of Visit June 5th 2012

Wishing to break our journey from Kidlington to home we opted to make use of our National Trust membership and take a short detour to spend the afternoon at Calke Abbey.  Impressive entranceway leads to a huge area of grounds with almost a mile to drive to get to the house itself which was built on the site of an old Abbey.  It was extremely  busy in the grounds and car park with a BBQ and other activities going on.  Absolutely no fuss from the NT staff over our vehicle and their very full car park – “just go through that gate and turn immediately right and park in the coaches area”.  We parked all afternoon, had some excellent soup in the restaurant, a free historic garden tour followed by tea scones and cream.  Just an excellent way to spend the afternoon and we will be back to go round the house which has been left much as it was and described as ‘an estate in decline’.

The gardens were extremely interesting  and the free historic tour was well worth the hour and a ha;f it took to perambulate through the vast garden area.  The wisteria throughout the property was in full flower as you can see.

We will be back and we give it 9 out of 10 for being super friendly and very relaxing.

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